Friday 26 June 2015

A Cappella, Cake and a Tudor Hall: Ordsall Hall, 23 June 2015

Summer seems to have come at last. We gather outside and sit surrounded by luscious flower-beds. The wine has been delivered. We’ve brought along our tea-making kit. Mysterious packages containing good old A Cappella cake start arriving. We’re in for a treat. 
Our own flowers are there too, carefully looked after by new flower girl Barbara.
“Those who get here early get the best,” she says.
I manage to procure one that has two butterflies. Two butterflies!
“A quick warm up and a little run through then back out for photos,” says Jeff. Outside he climbs on to the wall. “Get into a space. Spread out a little more.”   
We’re framed by lavender.

“Just imagine the headlines,” says one of the basses. “Musical director impaled on railings.”
Thankfully he’s careful and lives to lead us skilfully through the evening’s concert. He and talented cake-making female tenor Kerry both take some fabulous photos. Is there no end to some people’s creativity?
Our concert in this historic old building is a joy. We are really looked after well by the staff of Ordsall Hall. The audience is fabulous. Perhaps that’s not a surprise. This is a private concert for friends and family. We’re well supported. Viva la Musica! is a  real treat again under a high ceiling. There’s also some other well-loved songs from our repertoire: Deep River, Soul Wind, Here, There and Everywhere / Long Winding Road, Joshua, Kum Bah Yah, Kiss the Girl, Wonderful World, Blue Skies, Smile, Can’t Help Falling in Love. Phil provides the solo voice for Bring Him Home and Anne, Ella, Mel and Sue the voices for Longer.

Some other creative members make us laugh, cry and feel proud. Thanks to the Mad Donnas, John, Phil and Marilyn, and Daisy for their extra contributions. 

Phil and Marylin

The Mad Donnas   

As for the cake – well it was divine and there was hardly a crumb left over at the end of the evening.  
Fancy more A Cappella and cake?
Well come to one or both of our concerts in Buxton on 25 July. You are very, very welcome.                

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